The Golden Globe nominations are in, and it's a battle royale.
"The King's Speech," Tom Hooper's look at the relationship between Britain's King George VI and his speech therapist, led the field with seven nominations. "The Social Network" and "The Fighter" each received six, while "Black Swan," "Inception" and "The Kids Are All Right" had four each.
The nominations were full of widely-honored films like the five that will compete in the Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director categories: "The King's Speech," "The Social Network," "Black Swan," "Inception" and "The Fighter."
But on a morning when they otherwise honored unassailable films, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association proved once again that they sure love their movie stars. "The Tourist," which received some of the most scathing reviews of the year, received three nominations: one as Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and two for its stars Johnny Depp (who was also nominated for "Alice in Wonderland") and Angelina Jolie.
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The Coen Brothers' "True Grit" was shut out but "Burlesque," starring Cher, received three nominations. Other snubs include the British films "Made in Dagenham" and "Another Year," which seemed possible contenders in the acting categories, as well as "Winter's Bone," which received a nomination for Jennifer Lawrence's lead performance but nothing else.
In the Globes television categories, "Glee" led with five nominations. The nominees for Dramatic Series turned over almost entirely, with "The Walking Dead," "Boardwalk Empire," and "The Good Wife" displacing last year's nominees, "Big Love," "House," and "True Blood." Three-time winner "Mad Men" and "Dexter" returned.
"Walking Dead" was a particular surprise, because the HFPA traditionally hasn't recognized horror or sci-fi. The Dramatic Actor nominees were unchanged since last year except for "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston finally getting a nomination after three Emmys, and Steve Buscemi joining the list for "Boardwalk Empire.").
Other acting nominees include Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") and James Franco ("127 Hours") for Best Actor – Drama, Natalie Portman ("Black Swan") and Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone") for Best Actress – Drama, the "Kids Are All Right" duo of Annette Bening and Julianne Moore for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy, and Michael Douglas ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") and the "Fighter" trifecta of Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams in the supporting categories.
The animated films "Toy Story 3," "How to Train Your Dragon." "Despicable Me," "Tangled" and "The Illusionist" and the screenplays for "127 Hours," "The Kids Are All Right," "Inception," "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" were among the first batches of nominees announced.
In the music categories, songs from "Burlesque," "Country Strong," "Tangled" and "127 Hours" were nominated, as were the scores to "The King's Speech," "Alice in Wonderland," "127 Hours," "The Social Network" and "Inception."
"We're very excited by this," Weinstein Company COO David Glasser told theWrap of the nominations for the comany's "The King's Speech," "Blue Valentine" (which received acting nominations for Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling) and "The Concert."
"We came onto 'The King's Speech' two years ago, right in the middle of our [financial] restructuring. It was a moment when Harvey [Weinstein] was getting back to business and refocusing on doing what he used to do so well, and I think all three of these movies are very reflective of that."
The HFPA has long been subject to scrutiny, and occasionally ridicule, for its small membership (fewer than 90) made up mostly of part-time journalists well known for their fondness for free food and photo ops with the stars.
But the organization has been under particular fire in recent days, as "Rescue Me" producer Peter Tolan blasted the HFPA as "a bunch of whores," while eyebrows were also raised over members taking credited roles in Sofia Coppola's new movie, "Somewhere."
Most seriously, a letter from longtime Globes PR rep Michael Russell was obtained over the weekend by theWrap, charging Berk with "unsavory business practices."
Berk called the charges "wrong," and representatives for Dick Clark Productions, NBC and the Beverly Hilton had no comment or didn't respond to requests. A publicist affiliated with the show called the preparations for the nominations announcement "business as usual."
In November, the HFPA filed a lawsuit charging Dick Clark Productions with breach of contract.
The 68th Golden Globes ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Ricky Gervais will host for the second consecutive year.
BEST PICTURE – DRAMA
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
BEST PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
“Alice in Wonderland”
“The Kids Are All Right”
BEST ACTRESS – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Anne Hathaway (“Love and Other Drugs”)
Angelina Jolie (“The Tourist”)
Julianne Moore (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Emma Stone (“Easy A”)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale (“The Fighter”)
Michael Douglas (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”)
Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”)
Jeremy Renner (“The Town”)
Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”)
BEST ANIMATED FILM
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Bloomberg, The Kids are All Right
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Seidler, The King's Speech
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
I am Love
In a Better World
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, The King's Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahmann, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Bound to You" from Burlesque
"Coming Home" from Country Strong
"I See the Light" from Tangled
"There's a Place for Us" from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)
The Walking Dead (AMC)
BEST COMEDY OR MUSICAL
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
The Big C (Showtime)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE
Carlos (Sundance Channel)
The Pacific (HBO)
Pillars Of The Earth (STARZ)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don't Know Jack (HBO)
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE, TV Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE, TV
Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-O
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Strathairn, Temple Grandin